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  1. Published on: 31/05/2019 09:36 AMReported by: roving-eye
    • thousands are admitted to hospital because of smoking-related conditions every day
    • new Public Health England (PHE) survey shows more NHS Trusts are now smokefree than ever before
    • PHE calls for all Trusts to ensure total smoking bans on hospital grounds


    Public Health England (PHE) has found that Trusts are making steady progress in becoming smokefree, with smoking now banned completely on the grounds of more than two thirds (69%) of NHS acute Trusts in England. Yet despite this progress, almost a third (31%) have not yet enforced total smoking bans across hospital premises.
    The survey was carried out as part of PHE’s Smokefree NHS campaign, which encourages all hospitals to provide smokefree environments as part of supporting smokers to quit and reducing tobacco-related harms. The NHS Five Year Forward View included a commitment for all Trusts to have fully smokefree sites by spring 2020.
    Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England said:
    One in four hospital beds are occupied by a smoker, and most of them want to quit. Many patients or visitors will be going through difficult times, but smoking remains England’s biggest preventable killer and it is time for the NHS to stop smoking within its hospital grounds, everywhere.
    It cannot be right that it is more acceptable in some hospitals to smoke at the front door than it is outside a pub.
    As well as encouraging Trusts to prohibit smoking on site, the Smokefree NHS campaign calls for all patients who smoke to be offered evidence-based quitting support. The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, commits to offering NHS-funded tobacco treatment services to all inpatients who smoke, regardless of why they are in hospital, by 2023 to 2024.
    Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director, said:
    Quitting smoking has clear health benefits, which is why the NHS Long Term Plan details a number of practical actions to help people kick the tobacco habit.
    Smokefree NHS premises are an important part of this drive, and the successful schemes we are seeing already provide a blueprint for other Trusts to achieve this over the coming year.
    The survey highlighted examples of how Trusts are successfully implementing smokefree policies, including:

    • effective leadership to ensure policies implemented quickly
    • establishing smokefree steering or working groups
    • investing in dedicated staff to deliver stop smoking support to inpatients
    • tannoy system reminders about ‘no smoking’ to reduce confrontation
    • promoting healthy environments - for example, fruit and veg stalls at hospital main entrances
    • shelters with plants and trees
    • partnerships with local schools to produce ‘no smoking’ signage

    NHS acute Trusts such as mid-Yorkshire, Northumbria and South Tees are among those highlighted as adopting innovative approaches to help ensure smokefree premises.
    Some NHS Trusts reported that implementing policies on e-cigarette use and allowing vaping in designated areas had helped them to achieve smokefree status.
    Seema Kennedy, Public Health Minister said:
    No one should have to walk past a cloud of smoke in order to enter or leave their local hospital – we must lead by example, and I am determined to see a smoke-free NHS by 2020.
    Smoking is still one of the biggest causes of death in this country, and through our NHS Long Term Plan, every smoker admitted to hospital will now be offered targeted NHS support to quit. I am encouraged by this new survey, which shows great strides have already been made towards a smokefree NHS – I strongly urge all Trusts to follow suit.

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  3. Mr B S Sniffer says:31/05/2019 11:40 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by roving-eye View Post
    • thousands are admitted to hospital because of smoking-related conditions every day
    • new Public Health England (PHE) survey shows more NHS Trusts are now smokefree than ever before
    • PHE calls for all Trusts to ensure total smoking bans on hospital grounds


    Public Health England (PHE) has found that Trusts are making steady progress in becoming smokefree, with smoking now banned completely on the grounds of more than two thirds (69%) of NHS acute Trusts in England. Yet despite this progress, almost a third (31%) have not yet enforced total smoking bans across hospital premises.
    The survey was carried out as part of PHE’s Smokefree NHS campaign, which encourages all hospitals to provide smokefree environments as part of supporting smokers to quit and reducing tobacco-related harms. The NHS Five Year Forward View included a commitment for all Trusts to have fully smokefree sites by spring 2020.
    Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England said:
    One in four hospital beds are occupied by a smoker, and most of them want to quit. Many patients or visitors will be going through difficult times, but smoking remains England’s biggest preventable killer and it is time for the NHS to stop smoking within its hospital grounds, everywhere.
    It cannot be right that it is more acceptable in some hospitals to smoke at the front door than it is outside a pub.
    As well as encouraging Trusts to prohibit smoking on site, the Smokefree NHS campaign calls for all patients who smoke to be offered evidence-based quitting support. The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, commits to offering NHS-funded tobacco treatment services to all inpatients who smoke, regardless of why they are in hospital, by 2023 to 2024.
    Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director, said:
    Quitting smoking has clear health benefits, which is why the NHS Long Term Plan details a number of practical actions to help people kick the tobacco habit.
    Smokefree NHS premises are an important part of this drive, and the successful schemes we are seeing already provide a blueprint for other Trusts to achieve this over the coming year.
    The survey highlighted examples of how Trusts are successfully implementing smokefree policies, including:

    • effective leadership to ensure policies implemented quickly
    • establishing smokefree steering or working groups
    • investing in dedicated staff to deliver stop smoking support to inpatients
    • tannoy system reminders about ‘no smoking’ to reduce confrontation
    • promoting healthy environments - for example, fruit and veg stalls at hospital main entrances
    • shelters with plants and trees
    • partnerships with local schools to produce ‘no smoking’ signage

    NHS acute Trusts such as mid-Yorkshire, Northumbria and South Tees are among those highlighted as adopting innovative approaches to help ensure smokefree premises.
    Some NHS Trusts reported that implementing policies on e-cigarette use and allowing vaping in designated areas had helped them to achieve smokefree status.
    Seema Kennedy, Public Health Minister said:
    No one should have to walk past a cloud of smoke in order to enter or leave their local hospital – we must lead by example, and I am determined to see a smoke-free NHS by 2020.
    Smoking is still one of the biggest causes of death in this country, and through our NHS Long Term Plan, every smoker admitted to hospital will now be offered targeted NHS support to quit. I am encouraged by this new survey, which shows great strides have already been made towards a smokefree NHS – I strongly urge all Trusts to follow suit.
    Smokers also pay a ton of tax

  4. donkey22 says:31/05/2019 04:20 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr B S Sniffer View Post
    Smokers also pay a ton of tax
    So they should. Doesn’t give them the right to pollute the air I breathe though. You wouldn’t allow alcoholics to drink on hospital grounds so why should smokers be treated any differently? And when they finally succumb to an inevitable smoking related disease they’re just a drain on nhs resources. Disgusting habit.
    Last edited by donkey22; 01/06/2019 at 08:12 PM.

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  6. Mr B S Sniffer says:31/05/2019 06:14 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    So they should. Doesn’t give them the right to pollute the air I breathe though. Disgusting habit.
    Do you drive?

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  8. Sap33 says:31/05/2019 07:24 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    So they should. Doesn’t give them the right to pollute the air I breathe though. Disgusting habit.
    If the smokers had a smoking area away and they used it, I wouldn’t mind.

    The problem for me is the way it’s almost like running a gauntlet through the smokers, to get to the door!

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  10. jonnybgood says:01/06/2019 01:10 AM
    At least a smoker is NOT being aggressive,or abusive to NHS staff working in the hospitals,unlike the drunks who are treated or admitted to a hospital ward,and more often than not it is for self inflicted injuries to themselves,while under the influence of drinking alcohol. If the NHS put in weather proof shelters,installed at least 15 metres away from any entrance doors or windows,then the problem with patients or visitors smoking within the grounds would be solved,even patients,some with intravenous drips are allowed out from the wards or treatment areas.

    It is a persons right to live their lives how they want to,and if they want to smoke,costing them around £8-£10 at present for a pack of 20 cigarettes,then it is their life,and if it shortens their lives by doing so,then so be it.....As a person already stated,a smoker PAYS for treatment,with the Tax added to every single packet,around 60% is Tax..........You are only living on this planet once,prove me wrong,as nobody has come back as yet.

    PS ; Yes I do smoke,and drink very rarely myself,due to the job I have.......With cups of nice PG Tips tea on my nights off.

  11. susanb says:01/06/2019 10:29 AM
    Ii agree with a smokers' area. I don't like all the cig ends littering the grounds of the hospital, pub or streets.

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